Monday, June 17 2013 6:33 PM EDT2013-06-17 22:33:50 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- It's been a tough start to the week for 91 people who lost their homes over the weekend when a fire raced through an apartment complex on Father's Day. The Red Cross is helping the displacedMore>>
It's been a tough start to the week for 91 people who lost their homes over the weekend when a fire raced through an apartment complex on Father's Day.More>>
Monday, June 17 2013 8:06 PM EDT2013-06-18 00:06:17 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Nye County isn't giving up the fight to store nuclear waste in Nevada. The county's officials could get a helping hand from new federal legislation that could allow Yucca Mountain to reopen.More>>
Nye County isn't giving up the fight to store nuclear waste in Nevada. The county's officials could get a helping hand from new federal legislation that could allow Yucca Mountain to reopen.More>>
Monday, June 17 2013 7:08 PM EDT2013-06-17 23:08:00 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Living on the street and selling her body is what one Las Vegas teen says she resorted to when she aged out of the foster care system. Around 100 foster teens age out of the system everyMore>>
Living on the street and selling her body is what one Las Vegas teen says she resorted to when she aged out of the foster care system.More>>
Monday, June 17 2013 6:23 PM EDT2013-06-17 22:23:09 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Motorcyclists and local authorities are using "Ride to Work" day to remind everyone to share the road. This year, there has been 16 motorcycle deaths in Nevada. John Cahill is an experiencedMore>>
Motorcyclists and local authorities are using "Ride to Work" day to remind everyone to share the road.More>>
Monday, June 17 2013 6:07 PM EDT2013-06-17 22:07:19 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- The man accused in setting a church on fire June 14 told police he started the blaze because the pastor tried to "back door" him, according to the arrest report released Monday. Adrian Kincade,More>>
The man accused in setting a church on fire June 14 told police he started the blaze because the pastor tried to "back door" him, according to the arrest report released Monday.More>>
Monday, June 17 2013 5:40 PM EDT2013-06-17 21:40:24 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are holding public hearings on the proposed herd management plan for horses and burros in the Spring Mountains. The federal government reportsMore>>
The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are holding public hearings on the proposed herd management plan for horses and burros in the Spring Mountains.More>>
Monday, June 17 2013 5:37 PM EDT2013-06-17 21:37:30 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Firefighters are battling a three-alarm fire at an apartment complex on N. 28th St. Sunday morning. The blaze at the Encantada Apartments is producing heavy smoke in the downtown neighborhood.More>>
Firefighters battled a three-alarm fire at an apartment complex on N. 28th St. Sunday morning.More>>
Monday, June 17 2013 4:20 PM EDT2013-06-17 20:20:57 GMT
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- New census figures show Nevada is continuing to become a little less white. The state's non-Hispanic white population shrunk in all but three counties from 2010 to 2012. Washoe andMore>>
New census figures show Nevada is continuing to become a little less white.More>>
Monday, June 17 2013 2:08 PM EDT2013-06-17 18:08:58 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- A 16-month-old baby girl is dead and the person who was supposed to be watching her is now charged with murder. This incident is the latest in a recent string of murders involving young kidsMore>>
A 16-month-old baby girl is dead and the person who was supposed to be watching her is now charged with murder. This incident is the latest in a recent string of murders involving young kids being beaten to death.More>>
Monday, June 17 2013 2:08 PM EDT2013-06-17 18:08:05 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a home invasion on the 4000 block of San Alivia Court near Southern Highlands Parkway and Stonewater Lane. Investigators said the incident occurred shortlyMore>>
Metro Police are investigating a home invasion on the 4000 block of San Alivia Court near Southern Highlands Parkway and Stonewater Lane. More>>
Lower unemployment, bankruptcies and foreclosures in March reduced the nation's economic stress to its lowest point this year, according to The Associated Press' monthly analysis of conditions around the country.
More than 85 percent of the nation's 3,141 counties and every state but two -- Louisiana and South Dakota -- enjoyed better conditions in March than in February, the AP's Economic Stress Index showed. Manufacturing activity, a major driver of economic growth since the recession ended in June 2009, has helped ease hardship in the Great Lakes states and Indiana over the past 12 months -- more than in any other region. By contrast, Louisiana, Iowa and the Mountain states of Idaho and Montana have suffered the sharpest increases in stress, year over year.
Post-Hurricane Katrina construction projects are winding down in Louisiana. The Mountain states have felt the effects of government job cuts more severely than elsewhere because of their small populations. And Iowa has suffered an increase in foreclosures. The AP's index calculates a score from 1 to 100 based on unemployment, foreclosure and bankruptcy rates. A higher score signals more economic stress. The average county's Stress score was 10.5 in March, the lowest level since December. It was 11 in February and 11.5 a year earlier.
Under a rough rule of thumb, a county is considered stressed when its score exceeds 11. Using that rule, less than one-third of the counties were stressed in March, down from nearly 40 percent in February. Unemployment in March declined or was unchanged from February in every state but South Dakota and in nearly 90 percent of the counties. Bankruptcies dipped in 43 states and 70 percent of the counties. And foreclosures dropped in 44 states and in more than 70 percent of counties. In March, economic strains eased the most in counties with heavy concentrations of workers in manufacturing, retail and temporary staffing jobs. By contrast, stress rose the most in counties with many workers in wholesale trade and mining.
The government reported last week that the overall economy's growth slowed sharply to an annual rate of just 1.8 percent from January through March. That was down sharply from a 3.1 percent rate in the final three months of 2010. Many economists think the slowdown will be temporary. Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS Global Insight, thinks growth will rebound to nearly 3 percent in the current April-June quarter. He predicts it will strengthen further to around 3.5 percent in the second half of the year. The unemployment rate, now 8.8 percent, will dip possibly as low as 8 percent by year's end, Behravesh says. He says the economy should be able to withstand this year's jump in gasoline prices. "Gasoline prices at around $4 per gallon will be a headwind, but they would have to go quite a bit higher to derail things," Behravesh said.
Among all the most economically precarious states, stress levels declined in March. Nevada was again the most stressed state, with a score of 20.67. Next were California (16.19), Florida (14.52), Michigan (14.23) and Arizona (14.23). Still, thanks to gains in tourism, stress has declined more sharply in Nevada and Florida than in any other states over the past six months. North Dakota remained the economically strongest state with a score of 4.89. It was followed by Nebraska, (5.7), South Dakota (6.27), Vermont (6.51) and New Hampshire (6.85). Expanding production of steel, autos and heavy equipment has
helped many Midwestern states. Even Elkhart County, Ind., which as
a poster child for the recession drew a visit from President Barack
Obama, has been benefiting from manufacturing -- and not just from
its bedrock industry of recreational vehicles.
Electric vehicle maker Think is opening a plant in Elkhart. And
the county's economic development board is negotiating to land 11
other projects from companies in Britain, China and Norway that
want to expand in the United States, said Dorinda Heiden-Guss of
Elkhart's Economic Development Corp.
About 40 percent of workers are employed in manufacturing in
Elkhart County, whose Stress score was 13.36 in March, down from
22.28 two years ago. The county's notoriety as a casualty of the
recession might have put it on the radar of the international
companies now looking to open plants there. The greater
availability of financing also helped.
"Banks loosened up," said Heiden-Guss.
Louisiana has endured the sharpest rise in stress over the past
year. With a Stress score of 9.55 in March, the state was still
faring better than the nation as a whole. But Louisiana has
suffered job losses in construction. And tougher federal scrutiny
since the BP oil spill has led to state government cuts and the
loss of more than a half dozen drill ships.
"We're still way better off than the national economy," said
Loren Scott, a Baton Rouge-based economist. "But we're coming
down, on the construction side, from extraordinary peaks."
The most-stressed counties with populations of at least 25,000
were concentrated in California and Nevada, two of the states with
the highest unemployment and foreclosure rates. At the top was
Imperial County, Calif., with a Stress score of 28.52. It was
followed by Lyon County, Nev. (27.86), Sutter County, Calif.
(26.42), Merced County, Calif. (26.18) and San Benito, Calif.
The healthiest counties were Ellis County, Kan. (4.06), Buffalo
County, Neb. (4.43), Arlington County, Va. (4.53), Ward County,
N.D. (4.54) and Burleigh County, N.D. (4.65).
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